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Announcing our 2016 PowerShell Heroes

Apr 3, 2016
6

The nominations are in, and the votes are tallied!

PowerShell Heroes is our way of recognizing the people who are making significant contributions to the PowerShell community, but who haven't received any other formal recognition (such as Microsoft's MVP Award). In many cases, these are the rising stars we hope to see receive an MVP someday, but in all cases they're out there, working hard to make a difference. They were nominated by their peers, and selected by the 2015 PowerShell Hero honorees.

We’ve got nine PowerShell Heroes this year, so without further ado:

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  • Nicolas Prigent - Nicolas posts some great, practical PowerShell tips and scripts on his blog and over on the simple talk community. He's also posted several popular scripts to Microsoft's TechNet Gallery, with almost 100 percent 5-star reviews!
  • Matt McNabb - Matt's very active over on Spiceworks, helping people out with all things PowerShell. He's also got a blog with several years worth of PS content: PowerShell Escape
  • Flynn Bundy - Flynn's got an extremely active blog that's chock full of PowerShell awesomeness.  You can also find a lot of his work on GitHub.
  • Martin Pugh - Martin has just become our first two-time PowerShell Hero! He was one of the original group back in 2014, and his nominations this year are even stronger than before. He's now moderator of the PowerShell forum over on Spiceworks, and in addition to his excellent blog, he's now got a pretty active presence on GitHub as well. (All PowerShell, naturally!)
  • Øyvind Kallstad - Øyvind can frequently be found answering PowerShell questions over on Stack Overflow. Like many of the Heroes this year, he's also got a very active blog, and he's also presenting at the upcoming PowerShell Conference EU 2016.
  • Stijn Callebaut - Stijn has a special responsibility this year: he's proving that despite all appearances from this list so far, you don't have to blog to get recognized. 😉 Rather, his contributions are mainly in the form of code on GitHub, and presentations at conferences such as ITPROceed 2015, System Center Universe Europe 2015, and a webinar on OMS and Azure Automation coming up in the next 24 hours.
  • Curtis Smith - Curtis earned the praise of those who nominated him mainly by posting here on the PowerShell.org forums, often lending his expertise on PowerShell, Active Directory, and a heap of related technologies to anyone who needs it.
  • Warren Frame - You might be more familiar with Warren under the names "ramblingcookiemonster" or "@psCookieMonster". (Personally, I had no idea that he had any other name until I saw his badge at the PowerShell Summit; I always assumed his birth certificate actually said "Cookie Monster"!) Warren's active all over: GitHub, Blog, Twitter, /r/powershell, TechNet. He also presented a TechSession webinar about version control / Git here on PowerShell.org, which I'm told had the highest attendance of any of the TechSessions.
  • Simon Wåhlin - Simon's a busy guy in Sweden! He's a leader of the Sweden PowerShell User Group, has a great PowerShell blog, and has presented at multiple conferences, such as the PowerShell Summit Europe in 2015, and Swetugg in 2016.

Congratulations to our 2016 PowerShell Heroes!!

Announcing our 2015 PowerShell Heroes

Jan 17, 2015
4

The nominations are in, and the votes are tallied!

PowerShell Heroes is our way of recognizing the people who are making significant contributions to the PowerShell community, but who haven't received any other formal recognition (such as Microsoft's MVP Award). In many cases, these are the rising stars we hope to see receive an MVP someday, but in all cases they're out there, working hard to make a difference. They were nominated by their peers, and selected by the 2014 PowerShell Hero honorees.

We’ve got nine PowerShell Heroes this year, so without further ado:

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  • Stéphane Van Gulick (@stephanevg):  Stéphane’s blog http://powershelldistrict.com got a lot of attention in this year’s nominations. He’s also organizing a PowerShell User Group, and has several useful PowerShell scripts that are freely available to download.
  • Adam Bertram (@adbertram):  Adam is also an extremely active blogger. His main site is http://www.adamtheautomator.com/ , but we’ve also seen articles from him on MCPMag. Aside from the general PowerShell love, Adam’s sharing a ton of knowledge about how to use PowerShell in tandem with System Center ConfigMgr, and he’s got some great career- and community-focused content as well.
  • Micky Balladelli got a ton of love from the French-speaking PowerShell community this year, receiving more nominations than any other individual. His blog can be found at https://balladelli.com , and in particular, his “First Steps” article (https://balladelli.com/premiers-pas/) has been praised for helping systems administrators to learn PowerShell, even those who are completely new to scripting / programming. Toujours PowerShell!
  • Mike Laughlin:  As far as we can tell, Mike is actually a robot, who needs no sleep and is dedicated to helping people out on the TechNet forums. Seriously, the man’s racked up over fifty thousand points in less than two years, with more than half of his posts being tagged as either answers or helpful by the community. However, it’s not just about the numbers. His posts are friendly and he follows up on them, and it’s extremely common to see posters making comments like this in his threads: "Sweet! This is EXACTLY what I'm looking for, Thank you so much!"  https://social.technet.microsoft.com/profile/mike%20laughlin/
  • Nickolaj Andersen (@NickolajA):  Like Adam, Nickolaj has a particular focus on System Center ConfigMgr (as you might have guessed from his blog URL: http://www.scconfigmgr.com/ .) However, that involves lots of PowerShell, and there’s plenty of it on his blog (including many free scripts for download.) What we saw in his nominations, though, was how much time Nickolaj puts into personal communication with the community: emails, Skype chats, you name it. He’s out there, helping people to get things done.
  • Matt Johnson (@mwjcomputing):  Matt is the founder of the Southeast Michigan PowerShell User Group, and the lead developer of the PoshSec security framework. He’s heavily involved in communities – speaking and volunteering at conferences, doing podcasts, etc. – for both Systems Administration and Infosec. (something which, frankly, we all need to learn more about. Been paying attention to the news for the last year or two?) His blog can be found at http://www.mwjcomputing.com/ .
  • Bob McCoy is constantly helping people to solve problems over at powershell.com and SpiceWorks. At any given time, you can fire up the http://community.spiceworks.com/programming/powershell or http://powershell.com/cs/forums/230.aspx forums, and we’d be very surprised if you didn’t see multiple threads with “Latest post by Bob McCoy” listed in both.
  • June Blender (@juneb_get_help):  If you use PowerShell, June has helped you, whether you know it or not! When she worked for Microsoft, she was responsible for much of the built-in documentation that we get by running the Get-Help command. She’s also always been active in blog posts and on Twitter, spreading the joy of PowerShell. These days, she’s a Technology Evangelist over at SAPIEN, where she continues to do so.
  • Craig Duff is extremely active in the PowerShell forums over at SpiceWorks, usually the first person to respond to questions there. His solutions have been praised as clean, efficient and easy to understand, and there are lots and lots of them! (437 posts marked as “Best Answer”, as of this writing). His blog can be found at http://switch.nfshost.com/.

Congratulations to our 2015 PowerShell Heroes!!

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